Back in the swim

As you may have picked up on, since having Lia I have been trying to get back to my previous fitness levels and I’m finding it rather difficult. The main problem I’m having is time. I manage to get out for a run once or twice a week, and tend to manage a swim once a week as well. Owing to the lack of training time though, I have recently threatened to go back to early morning swimming training with a local masters club.

On Tuesday morning, my alarm was set to 5.30 am to allow me to go swimming. After being up virtually every hour with Lia, I realised that this was never going to happen and turned my alarm off when I was up yet again at 4.30. Tomorrow I will be trying again, fingers crossed!

One of the things I’ve always found tough with morning training is swimming on an empty stomach. Of course I don’t want to get up super early to eat, but I don’t want to be starving all session either. One solution is a healthy breakfast that I’ve discovered of coconut milk poured over porridge, with some frozen berries mixed in. I do this the night before and leave it in the fridge, so I can just grab a spoon and get on with it in the morning. Unfortunately, sitting down to eat it is another few minutes of precious sleep time I miss out on, so I’m turning to energy bars.

I’m not one for bars that are filled with sugar and nasties, not least because inevitably Libby will catch me eating them and want some. Surprisingly, not all energy bars are vegetarian either, let alone vegan. So my breakfast solution for tomorrow is the Nakd fruit and nut bars, of course I’ve gone for the Christmas pudding flavour at this time of year! When these arrived this morning, two of the people who I am most keen to encourage to eat healthily were circling around the box.

As the bars only contain dates, cashews, raisins and a hint of flavouring, I encouraged them both to try them. They were both very taken with them, with Dad even taking one home with him to have with his coffee later instead of a chocolate bar. Whilst they are great for sports energy, they’re equally good as a healthy snack. The only drawback is that I love them too and I don’t think I’ll see too many of these myself!

Please note that I was sent a box of these products to sample in return for an honest review. Views, opinions, healthy eating buddies and toddlers wearing granddad’s glasses are all my own.

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